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Xander Bogaerts leaves after being hit in the head
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Bogaerts was hit in the head while up to bat in the fifth inning. Trainers looked at Bogaerts following the play, but he managed to stay in the game. Bogaerts actually stayed in through the following inning, but was pulled at the beginning of the seventh. He will be evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts was 0 for 1 with a strikeout before leaving the game. 

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Ryan Zimmerman to 'ramp up' throwing sessions
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman will "ramp up" his throwing sessions, according to

Zimmerman threw for the first time Thursday, and did not report any issues with his hamstring Friday. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman was "on his way" back. Zimmerman hit .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to tearing his hamstring. 

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A.J. Pollock to begin rehab again Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |

Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock will begin his rehab assignment again Tuesday, according to

Pollock will begin his assignment at Triple-A Reno. Pollock had been on a rehab assignment, but needed extra time after being hit on the same hand he broke earlier in the season. He's been out since May 31 with the injury.

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Nick Punto not ready just yet
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics infielder Nick Punto is not ready for baseball activities yet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Punto is dealing with a hamstring injury, and hasn't come along as quickly as expected. He's been out since August 2 due to the issue. Punto is hitting .207 over 179 at-bats.

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Kyle Blanks to have MRI Friday
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics infielder Kyle Blanks will have an MRI on his feet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Blanks said both his feet have started bothering him on his rehab assignment. He's been sidelined since June 22 due to a calf injury. It doesn't look like he'll be able to join the major-league club any time soon.

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Cory Luebke able to play catch
by Chris Cwik |

Padres pitcher Cory Luebke started a throwing program Saturday, according to

Luebke is recovering after his second Tommy John surgery. His throwing schedule has been slightly altered this time around. Luebke will take more time between throwing sessions. There's still no timetable for his return. 

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Jed Lowrie not ready to throw or hit yet
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie is not ready to throw or hit yet, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Lowrie did say his injured finger was getting better. He's hoping to begin throwing and hitting drills in a few days. Lowrie has been sidelined since August 13 with a fractured finger. 

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Hyun-Jin Ryu tosses another bullpen session Friday
by Chris Cwik |

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed another bullpen session Friday, according to

Ryu has been sidelined with a glute injury since August 13. He also threw from the bullpen mound Thursday. Ryu has a 3.28 ERA over 137 1/3 innings.

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Zack Greinke playing catch prior to start
by Chris Cwik |

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke played catch on flat ground Friday, according to

Greinke was pushed back in the rotation in order to rest his elbow. He's slated to return to the mound Saturday against the Mets. Greinke has a 2.75 ERA over 157 1/3 innings. 

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Manny Machado to have season-ending knee surgery
by Chris Cwik |

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery, according to Yahoo!

Machado has been out since August 11 due to a knee sprain. He'll have surgery on his right knee next week, and will likely be lost for the season. Machado ruptured a ligament in his left knee last season. He's hit .278/.324/.431 over 327 at-bats. 

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